Thunder Fall in OT

by Mike Basile

     The Delaware Thunder finished up a long weekend in Elmira taking on the Enforcers. Delaware came into the matchup after dropping a pair to the Watertown Wolves Friday and Saturday. On the other hand, Elmira was coming off back to back wins against the Mentor Ice Breakers. 

    The Thunder came out buzzing, early in the first they were putting everything on the net and had 6 of the first 7 shots of the game. Joe Young was very good early stopping the early onslaught from Delaware. Unfortunately for Delaware, the hot start was halted when Hudson Michealis scored on his own rebound to put Elmira ahead at the 9:04 mark of period one. The next few minutes would be filled with Enforcer penalties and the Thunder would take advantage. Thomas Munichiello scored on a one time feed from Alex Basey to even the score at one.  The first would end 1-1. Aaron Taylor stopped 5/6 and Joe Young stopped 17/18.

   Much like period one, the second was also filled with penalties. This period most of the penalties went against Delaware. For the number of penalties called in the game, both teams were very solid on the PK. The lone goal scored in period two was an even-strength goal scored by Cameron Yarwood. Elmira would head to period 3 up 2-1.

    Period 3 was all you could ask for in a hockey game. It was fast-paced, heavy-hitting, and crisp. Delaware scored to tie the game just past the 5-minute mark in the period. Anton Kalinin scored on a nice pass from Evgenii Demin. It was a short-handed goal for the Thunder. Both goaltenders shut the door after that and the 2-2 game would head to overtime. This was the Thunder's first overtime game of the season. Early in OT Anton Kalinin took a hooking penalty and that sent Elmira to the power-play. It did not take long for Tyler Gjurich to end the game from the top of the circle. 3-2 Enforcers in OT. 

   Next weekend the Thunder are back home for three big games against Battle Creek. Saturday is Cancer Awareness Night at the Thunderdome. See you next weekend Thunder Fans!